Prospects of Independence

The South China Morning Post reported that People’s Daily, one of the official newspapers of the Chinese Communist Party, has accused the two pro-independence legislators at the source of the LegCo drama of being “malignant tumours” colluding with separatists of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party to strengthen their calls for independence.

The current polarization of Hong Kong politics is somewhat reminiscent of the political divide between pro-mainland and pro-ROC camps in Taiwan. However, political differences between the two are numerous. In spite of its political and economic autonomy under Deng Xiaoping’s “One Country, Two Systems” constitutional principle, the Special Administrative Region is ultimately a part of China and will, in a matter of 31 years, revert back to mainland control (the city’s full name is Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, after all). On the other hand, Taiwan’s political status has long been a topic of heated debate. The question of whether Taiwan (the Republic of China) will officially declare independence from or gradually reunify with the People’s Republic of China (or mainland China) is one that continues to loom over the region’s political landscape. Nonetheless, a collective desire to preserve an independent political, social, cultural, and national identity in Taiwan is potent.

In their penchant for democracy and opposition to the PRC’s communist regime, Hong Kong and Taiwan are united. Unfortunately, as the Chinese government continues to interfere and tighten its grip on Hong Kong’s internal affairs, it appears the CCP will not relinquish control over its territories, whether it be Hong Kong or Taiwan, now or ever.

Image credit: Hong Kong Free Press

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